Andy from Toy Story

Bryan Wendell from Scouting Magazine gives all the evidence in his article about how beloved movie character, Andy from Toy Story, was definitely a Boy Scout!

“Thanks to an eagle-eyed Scout from the Northeast Illinois Council,” he says, “we have conclusive visual evidence that the owner of all those playthings in the Toy Story movies was in Scouting.”

While watching the first Toy Story, released in 1995, keep your eyes peeled around the 1 hour and 16 minute mark. There, you will see a Boy Scout Handbook on Andy’s bookshelf.

Andy and his toys are back this summer in Toy Story 4, which makes now the perfect time to re-watch the original Toy Story for this excellent Easter egg.

Ferris Bueller’s Dad

Thanks to a Scout professional, Sean Mobley, in the Chief Seattle Council, something that looks strikingly like a Silver Beaver certificate appears in the movie.

It appears Tom Bueller, dad of the most famous trouble-making teen in movie history, earned the Silver Beaver Award!

It’s time for another re-watch, or at least fast-forward to the 1 hour, 8 minute mark where you will see Ferris’ sister Jeanie tiptoeing downstairs while principal Ed Rooney is in the Bueller home looking for Ferris.

Right after Jeanie gets downstairs, she walks down a hallway filled with framed photos and certificates.

One of those certificates looks exactly like the certificate for the Silver Beaver award. Take a look at this screenshot:

And to make it even more clear that Tom Bueller was an Eagle Scout, Scouter Mike L. did a little digging and came up with the following results:

“The movie was filmed in a house in Long Beach. The Balkman family rented it out for the film-…
The guy who lived there was James H. Balkman. He was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1984 in Long Beach.…

So it is a Silver Beaver Certificate!

And since the Silver Beaver Certificate is in the Bueller home, we can be sure the dad was a Scout, and Ferris probably was too!

Indiana Jones

This classic movie hero is one of the best examples of Scouting principles. Indiana Jones shows the bravery, thriftiness, outdoor skills, and overall ingenuity only a Scout could know.

He was also portrayed as a Life Scout at the age of 13 in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, a decision made by Steven Spielberg and Indiana Jones, who were both Scouts in real life as well!

Indiana Jones Movie boy Scout

Neville Longbottom

 The character from the Harry Potter books and movies begins his education at Hogwarts School as a shy, awkward introvert.

But, as Scouter Katie says, “we see him grow and mature into a true leader, just like we see our Eagle Scouts face their own challenges.”

This character development is exactly what Scouting is about and something we see in many Life Scouts who become Eagle Scouts. Someone who may not look like your stereotypical hero at the beginning but becomes a natural leader, a loyal friend, and someone who is ready to face any challenge with bravery is a Scout for sure.

Harry Potter movie

Russell from UP

In the movie UP, the main character, Russell, is an adventurous 9-year-old in a program called the Wilderness Explorers. And I think we can all agree that because of his bravery, friendliness, and hard work earning badges, he is definitely a Scout.

Not only does he show a passion for advancement and helping others, he also demonstrates many of the ideas and values of the BSA. For example, Russell shows a great understanding of Leave no Trace and outdoor ethics when he says “An explorer is a friend to all, be a plant or fish or tiny mole!”

And if all of this doesn’t convince you, the movie’s director has said that Russell’s character was based on a real Boy Scout!

UP movie Boy Scout
Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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